Unless you live in an area that’s warm year-round, you probably just recently got your plants into the ground and direct sowed your seeds, or you’re getting ready to do that.
(Don’t do like I did one year. I sowed my corn in so late that John teased me we’d have Christmas corn. )
I know many of you are newbie gardeners, and some of you are still working up the courage to start your first garden. So I thought this would be the perfect time to share a few seed-sowing tips to better prepare you for a successful gardening experience.
1. Read the Seed Packet
This tip may seem a bit over simplistic, but sometimes skipping over simple instructions can be cause enough for failure.
2. Seed Planting Depth is Somewhat Proportional to Seed Size
As with any hobby or passion, you learn or pick up on things through simple observation or common sense. Something I noticed over my gardening years is that teeny tiny seeds barely need any dirt over them, while large seeds need to be planted much deeper.
For instance, the seed packet instructions for teeny tiny carrot seeds may suggest a planting depth of only 1/4 inch, but it may recommend corn seeds be planted as much as 2 inches deep.
I did a quick search online to see if I could find a nifty chart to show this. Here’s an image that shows a few seeds and their planting depth. It demonstrates how small seeds are planted almost on the surface and larger seeds much deeper.
3. Plant Extra Seeds (Some Seeds Won’t Germinate)
Plan for some seeds to not germinate. Because of this, you want to plant enough extra seeds that you end up with the recommended plant spacing. Don’t waste any precious garden space.
The seed packet will probably recommend to sow seeds 6 inches apart, as an example, and thin (remove) later to 12 inches. I prefer to just sow the seeds 12 inches apart at the-get-go BUT place the “extra” seeds together.
If you’re concerned about wasting seeds, try to keep this in mind: a single small vegetable plant you purchase at your local home and garden store probably costs more than an ENTIRE packet of seeds. This would go in the category of, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
4. Keep the Seeds and Ground Moist
While not all seeds need light to germinate, all seeds do require moisture.
Gently water the ground often to keep the seeds and ground moist.
Be very careful to not wash away the tiny seeds with a hard watering. If you have a watering wand attachment with a mist setting, that would work great for watering your small seeds. It will allow you to get the ground as wet as needed, but the misting will keep the tiny seeds from washing away.
I’d LOVE to hear your answer to the following questions:
- How long have you been gardening, or are you still working up the courage?
- What was your most valuable learning experience with your first garden?
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